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There are an untold number of websites available for making your hotel reservations, and most of them claim to have the best rates. As I’m sure you know, there is no one best site to use for all stays. However, there are some sites that are worth a look when you are shopping around for the cheapest paid hotel rate. Often times I book directly with the hotel chain in order to maximize discounts while still earning hotel points, elite status, etc. That said, if a significantly better rate can be found elsewhere, then I am sometimes willing to give up some of those perks to save some real cash on my paid hotel stays.
Potentially Save Money on Hotels via Club1Hotels
A site I first shared about last year, Club1Hotels.com, has taken a slightly different approach than some sites when it comes to offering the best hotel rates. They offer you “wholesale hotel rates” that they claim are sometimes cheaper for some 3 – 5 star hotels than the rates available on other major sites such as Expedia and Kayak. Their partners reportedly pre-purchase over $650 million in room nights annually at hotels and then pass the discounted wholesale rates on to members.
To access these discounted rates, you theoretically have to pay for Club1Hotels membership, assuming you don’t get in on a free trial. Regular month to month membership usually costs $29 (though also comes with a $25 booking credit on the first reservation), and annual memberships go up to $695 per year with lots of goodies like 20,000 airline miles and a $100 first booking credit thrown into the deal. However, they are offering all Mommy Points’ readers a 30 day free Club1Hotels trial as well as your chance to win a $250 Club1Hotels credit to use by the end of the year. I would skip to the end of the post if you just want to enter, otherwise keep reading to learn more about Club1Hotels.com.
The big question of course is whether Club1Hotels.com really offers the lowest prices? The answer is yes…sometimes.
I have done dozens of test searches for upscale family friendly hotels I would actually stay at over the last year or so, and I would say around half the time Club1Hotels.com offered the lowest price I could easily find online. Sometimes their savings was only a few dollars and sometimes it was hundreds of dollars. A very unscientific average savings was in the 10 – 15% range on the searches I ran – and that is against the lowest price I could find with the hotel directly whether it was a Member’s Only or AAA rate. That is not against the pricier “standard” type of rate since most of us don’t book those rates anyway.
I found savings via Club1Hotels at properties such as Hyatt Lost Pines, Hyatt Ziva Cancun (all-inclusive), Andaz Wall Street, Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, Best Western Greater London, Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, and the St. Regis Princeville.
In some cases the savings you find via Club1Hotels can offset some perks you may be trading away by booking via that site, and of course sometimes it won’t.
Club1Hotel Search Tip
One big tip when searching for hotels within Club1Hotels is that sometimes the website shows the same hotel multiple times under slightly different names and at different prices. I can’t quite explain that phenomenon, but it is still happening, so be sure you choose the best deal for that property.
Win $250 Club1Hotel Hotel Credit
To encourage you to give them a try, Club1Hotels is giving one Mommy Points’ reader a $250 credit to use towards a hotel booking made via their site by December 31, 2017. To enter to win the $250 credit, you just have to sign-up for their complimentary 30 day membership. If you are already a Club1Hotels member but still want to enter, just sign-up for a 30 day trial with a different email address then you normally use and you will be good to go. You do not have to provide a credit card number for the 30 day trial membership/$250 credit giveaway.
This giveaway is unique to those who sign up via the Mommy Points link above, so your odds shouldn’t be terrible. Entries must be received by August 31, 2017, to get the free 30 day trial and enter to win the $250 Club1Hotels credit.
Must be 18+, void where prohibited, and giveaway/winner selection managed by Club1Hotels.
Good luck if you decide to enter, and if you have used Club1Hotels already I’d love to hear about your experiences.
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